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Investment Market Update

01 February 2018

World markets

FTSE 100 -0.7% 7533.55
FTSE 250 -0.6% 20243.60
Euro Stoxx 600 -0.2% 395.46
S&P 500 0.0% 2823.81
Nikkei 1.7% 23486.11
Hang Seng (HK$) -0.4% 32756.66


Asian stocks started February with a recovery from a three day sell-off, as investors decided the outlook for growth and corporate earnings was strong enough to quell concerns about the recent jump up in bond yields.


US stock markets concluded slightly higher on Wednesday as indices gave up early gains after the US Federal Reserve said it sees inflation rising this year, signalling it remains on track to boost interest rates again in March.


UK stocks closed below its 50-day moving average. The stock benchmark fell 0.7 percent today to 7,533.55 and had a total return of -2 percent this year.


  • Facebook Inc. shares reversed course to show gains in late trading Wednesday after the company reported double-digit advertising price growth amid massive changes to its core product.
  • Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, rebounding from a six-day losing streak and pushing most sectors into positive territory, as a weaker yen and upbeat corporate earnings drove the benchmark index higher. 

Market data

UK (£)
FTSE 1007,533.55-0.70%-2.00%7.60%
FTSE 25020,243.60-0.60%-2.30%14.70%
FTSE All Share4,137.66-0.70%-2.00%9.00%
FTSE Small Cap5,897.770.50%-0.20%14.90%
St. James's Place1,188.50-1.10%-3.10%20.90%
Europe (€)
Euro Stoxx 600395.46-0.20%1.60%7.70%
DAX 3013,189.48-0.10%2.10%12.50%
CAC 405,481.930.10%3.20%9.30%
US (US$)
S&P 5002,823.810.00%5.60%19.40%
Dow Jones Ind26,149.390.30%5.80%25.10%
Hang Seng32,756.66-0.40%9.50%38.50%
Nikkei 22523,486.111.70%3.20%19.10%
Australia 2006,090.070.90%0.40%7.00%
MSCI AC Asia Pacific184.028-0.30%5.90%28.70%
World (US$)
MSCI World (Developed)2,213.240.00%5.20%20.10%
MSCI AC World (Dev & Em)541.6730.00%5.60%21.60%
MSCI Emerging Markets1,254.590.60%8.30%34.20%
MSCI AC World Value234.585-0.10%4.70%15.20%
MSCI AC World Growth294.6110.20%6.40%28.30%
Fixed Income
FTSE Gilts All Stocks3,517.43-0.20%-2.00%3.00%
FTSE Index Linked All Stocks630.09-0.70%-2.70%2.30%
ML Sterling Corporate Bonds398.104-0.20%-0.70%5.70%
ML Global High Yield Bonds382.7290.20%1.40%9.70%
Commodities (US$)
Brent Crude Oil68.890.50%3.70%14.50%
UK Sectors
Basic Materials6,422.01-0.50%1.70%25.00%
Consumer Goods and Services21,328.40-0.50%-4.60%13.60%
Health Care9,104.62-1.80%-4.30%-3.70%
Oil & Gas8,900.38-1.10%-1.80%6.00%
$ per £1.4143-0.30%4.70%9.50%
€ per £1.1401-0.20%1.30%-4.00%
¥ per £153.916-0.80%1.10%5.30%
VIX Index (Volatility)13.54-8.50%22.60%-21.40%
Baltic Dry Index1,152.00-3.30%-15.70%42.14%
UK Rates
BoE Base Rate0.50%
LIBOR (3 months)0.52%
Consumer Price Index3.00%
Retail Price Index4.10%
Yields / Ratios
FTSE 100 Adj P/E20.26103
FTSE All Share Adj P/E19.68672
FTSE All Share Yld3.85%
15yr Gilt Yield1.76%
10yr Gilt Yield1.51%
10yr US Tres Yield2.71%

Market prices will reflect the last closing prices with the exception of the Asian markets which may be still trading at the time the data is obtained. The data for these markets is therefore a snapshot of live trading data obtained between 06.45 and 07.15 GMT. Growth is shown cumulative and is not annualised. A positive currency movement indicates the £ appreciating against the other currency. Performance data does not account for the re-investment of dividends. This information has been reproduced by kind permission of Bloomberg and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of St. James's Place Wealth Management. St. James's Place considers the information to be reliable but it is not intended to provide a sufficient basis on which to make an investment decision.

Source: FTSE International Limited ("FTSE") © FTSE 2018. "FTSE®" is a trade mark of the London Stock Exchange Group companies and is used by FTSE International Limited under licence. All rights in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings vest in FTSE and/or its licensors. Neither FTSE nor its licensors accept any liability for any errors or omissions in the FTSE indices and/or FTSE ratings or underlying data. No further distribution of FTSE Data is permitted without FTSE’s express written consent.

Source: MSCI. MSCI makes no express or implied warranties or representations and shall have no liability whatsoever with respect to any MSCI data contained herein. The MSCI data may not be further redistributed or used as a basis for other indices or any securities or financial products. This report is not approved, endorsed, reviewed or produced by MSCI. None of the MSCI data is intended to constitute investment advice or a recommendation to make (or refrain from making) any kind of investment decision and may not be relied on as such.


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